jib

3
[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /
Chiefly British
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verb (used without object), jibbed, jib·bing.

to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.

noun

a horse or other animal that jibs.

Nearby words

  1. jiao,
  2. jiaozhou,
  3. jiaozhou bay,
  4. jiaozuo,
  5. jiayi,
  6. jib boom,
  7. jib crane,
  8. jib-headed,
  9. jibaro,
  10. jibba

Origin of jib

3
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of jib2

Related formsjib·ber, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jibber

jib

1
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
obsolete
  1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
  2. the face or nose

Word Origin for jib

C17: of unknown origin

jib

2
/ (dʒɪb) /

verb jibs, jibbing or jibbed (intr) mainly British

(often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
(of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
nautical variant of gybe
Derived Formsjibber, noun

Word Origin for jib

C19: of unknown origin

jib

3
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered

Word Origin for jib

C18: probably based on gibbet

jib

4
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

(often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs

Word Origin for jib

special use of jib 1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)

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Word Origin and History for jibber

jib

n.

"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).

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Idioms and Phrases with jibber

jib

see cut of one's jib

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